(WESTERVILLE, OH — September 30, 2011) Engineering and
consulting firm AMEC of Amherst, New York, has received a National Ground Water
Association Outstanding Ground Water Project Award for outstanding science,
engineering, and contractor innovation in the area of remediating groundwater.
AMEC and West Valley Environmental Services LLP designed and
installed a “first-in-the-world” continuous in situ permeable treatment wall (PTW)
intended to remove and contain radioactive strontium passively and sustainably
from groundwater at a former commercial nuclear fuel reprocessing and
vitrification test site in western New York.
AMEC/WVES engineers and geologists collaborated with
researchers at the State University of New York at Buffalo to design an
approximately 850-foot long by 3-foot thick zone, at depths up to 30 feet, of
granular zeolite that will remove strontium in situ from an advancing plume in
groundwater through ion-exchanging reactions.
The PTW is intended to be a durable and sustainable
groundwater treatment system that will function for at least 20 years without
The NGWA Ground Water Remediation Award will be presented at
the 2011 NGWA Ground Water Expo and Annual Meeting November 30 in Las Vegas.
NGWA, a nonprofit organization composed of U.S. and
international groundwater professionals — contractors, equipment manufacturers,
suppliers, scientists, and engineers — is dedicated to advancing groundwater
knowledge. NGWA’s vision is to be the leading groundwater association that
advocates the responsible development, management, and use of water.
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